Dane County Veterans Services

Recently, Republicans in the State Legislature proposed to cut the services and offices of our local County Veterans service officers. This move is unconscionable. Our veterans deserve more than to have services cut. Our Dane County Veterans Service Office works to assist veterans and their families with obtaining local, state and federal benefits. The office […]

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Upgrading Wisconsin Natural Resources

Wisconsin is gifted with fantastic natural resources – rivers, lakes, and forests, and a state park system to be proud of. Conservation and environmental issues are a deep concern to many Wisconsinites, regardless of political affiliation. However, control of our environment and water resources is being taken away from the people and sold out to […]

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Towards Flint

Our nation is watching in horror as the Flint water disaster unfolds, a completely avoidable, unnecessary public health crises that threatens an entire town and the health and welfare of its people. A Republican controlled executive and legislative branch authorized unaccountable emergency managers to swoop in, take over municipalities, and engaging in “cost cutting” measures […]

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Statement on Proposed Closing of Downtown Post Office

The U.S. Post Office located in the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. has been an important resource in our downtown since the building’s construction in the late 1920s. This landmarked building, with its impressive two-story Ionic colonnade, was specifically designed to serve as the Madison Post Office and Federal Courthouse. […]

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A Vision for the Capitol Square

The Capitol Square is the heart of our downtown. As downtown residents, we are fortunate to be able to access the square relatively easily and enjoy the experience of walking around the square, dining at any number of establishments, and visiting locally-owned boutique stores.Over the next two years, the City of Madison will undertake the […]

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Now & Then: A Cold-Weather History Walk Down State Street

Last year at this time I described indoor spaces that display historic photographs of Madison. I offered it as an alternative tour, a way to see the old city by ducking into warm spaces to get away from the cold. I promised a second installment and this year’s tour runs the length of State Street, […]

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Neighborhood Grant Program

For those unfamiliar, applications are being accepted for the Neighborhood Grant Program of theCity of Madison Planning Division. These grants help neighborhoods beautify gateways, create public gathering places, build leadership skills, or plan for the future. Since the program began in 1999, it has helped neighbors take on some 300 projects realized with over 20,000 […]

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EPA Looks To Madison As Leader On Lead Pipe Issue

You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. But the impact of lead in drinking water can be devastating. “Lead is a hidden contaminant,” says Madison Water Utility water quality manager Joe Grande. “There’s a growing concern in the water industry … that we’ve been talking about lead for two decades now, and little has […]

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Preparing Our Future Leaders

We see it all over the news: politicians courting the youth vote, social movements and nonprofits run by Millennials, and an overall increase in the level of social connectedness. Our country’s youngest generations are rightfully demanding to be heard. This increase of the Millennial generation and younger voices is not something to fear; it is […]

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